The most interesting show I’ve ever seen was Ben Folds performing with yMusic. Music genius aside, Ben Folds has successfully replaced the guitar with a piano in his various bands to create rock music with more depth and agility than we typically see with the standard drum-bass-guitar lineup. The Artificial Spring, fronted by keyboardist Sean Embry-Stine, embraces this guitar/keyboard swap and strong pop overtones resulting in a “Ben Folds meets A Great Big World” sound.
Newly formed three-piece band The Artificial Spring is essentially a creative songwriting project for LA’s Sean Embry-Stine. After playing keyboard in multiple indie bands in his area, Sean decided to expand his “guitar-on-the-piano” concept into a full band, where he could also focus on his passion for songwriting. Even though they’re brand new, the band plans on releasing a full-length album this summer.
“We have songs about love, friendship, heartbreak, and growing up, just like any rock band. But I like to think our sound, with its emphasis on keyed instrument sounds and strong, dynamic melodies combined with honest, straightforward lyrics, offers something a little bit different. ”
– Sean Embry-Stine to JaxxShack
I’ve Found It To Be True is frustratingly catchy, especially at the bridge (which I can’t stop singing after listening to the track). Their new single, Roses All The Time, displays Sean’s wide stylistic range both on the keyboard and songwriting.
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